Vancouver Executive Mentors
Christopher O'Riley, President & CEO, BC Hydro
Christopher O'Riley, leads BC Hydro, B.C.’s largest Crown corporation and the fourth largest company in the province as ranked by annual revenue. Powered by water, BC Hydro safely provides reliable, affordable, clean electricity to its four million customers.
To ensure a reliable supply of this critical product, BC Hydro is spending approximately $2 billion per year over the next 10 years to refurbish and expand its electricity assets. With construction of the Site C Project currently underway, BC Hydro continues to seek opportunities to support clean energy development in B.C., such as through low-carbon electrification.
Chris has held positions throughout the organization and across the province during his 31-year career with BC Hydro, including working with customers, leading operations, overseeing capital projects, and managing risk for BC Hydro's trading subsidiary, Powerex. Chris is a Professional Engineer in electrical engineering and holds a master's degree in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Nick Dean is responsible for leading the efforts of senior executives to execute and develop current and long-range objectives, strategies and policies for the organization. His direct reports include operations, people and culture, marketing, corporate services and franchising. Mr. Dean joined The Keg in 2019 as President. Prior to that, Mr. Dean was the President and CEO of KBS Canada, The Keg’s advertising and communications agency for over 20 years. Mr. Dean attended the University of Western Ontario where he received his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and McMaster University where he received an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Jerry W. Dobrovolny, Commissioner and Chief Administrative Officer, Metro Vancouver
With more than 30 years of experience in local government, large-scale infrastructure planning and operations management, Jerry Dobrovolny is a passionate advocate for local government leading Metro Vancouver’s 1,800-strong workforce in providing essential utility and other critical services to the region’s 23 member jurisdictions and 2.7 million residents. As stewards of over 25% of the Region’s land base that ranges from high mountain watersheds to fresh and salt water marshes, Metro Vancouver’s 150 scientists and technical staff are entrusted to protect the region’s most sensitive ecological habitats.
Previously City Engineer and General Manager of Engineering Services at the City of Vancouver, and a New Westminster city councillor, Jerry’s expertise and collaborative executive leadership skills spearhead Metro Vancouver’s ambitious policy and utility capital programmes. With an annual budget of $2.5 billion, priorities include upgrading multi-billion dollar utility systems, making the region more resilient against climate change, increasing the supply of affordable housing and delivering a regional strategy to bring economic prosperity and equity to all for generations to come.
Jerry has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia, a Professional Engineering designation and a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. He also played offensive tackle in the Canadian Football League from 1983 to 1987. Jerry and his family live in New Westminster.